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Ethics

Feature

March 2011

Second-hand savvy

By Karen Stiller

Shopping for used clothing isn’t just frugal. It also keeps cast-offs out of our landfills.

Feature

February 2011

Pipe dreams

By Will Braun

Churches and Aboriginals were once allies in the fight against industrial megaprojects. These days, some First Nations are seeking economic salvation in partnerships with their former foes.

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February 2011

Artificial Intelligence

By Kevin Spurgaitis

In making machines that think like humans, are we creating an ethical monster?

Feature

January 2011

Eating locally in winter

By Chantal Braganza

Tired of root veggies? You can expand your January diet without hurting the Earth.

Feature

January 2011

Genes for sale

By Lisa Van de Ven

With 20 percent of genes currently under patent, critics are turning to the courts to put the brakes on the biotech industry

Feature

December 2010

Prescription for a pandemic

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Scientists, activists and politicians agree that generic drugs can slow or stop the global spread of HIV-AIDS. So why haven't they been made more accessible?

Feature

November 2010

Abortion wars: the next front

By Kevin Spurgaitis

After 20 years of relative peace, activists on both sides of the abortion debate are mobilizing for a new battle that threatens to reopen bitter ethical divisions

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November 2010

Losing their grid

By Vidya Kauri

Green pioneers are showing it’s possible to connect with creation by disconnecting from the grid. All it takes is a little sacrifice and savvy.

Feature

September 2010

Can big business save the planet?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Philanthro-capitalists are putting their money where their morals are, using cash and clout to redefine the meaning of good business

Feature

July 2010

Gambling on casinos

By Richard Wright

Casinos bring much-needed jobs and revenue to First Nations communities, but can also exacerbate social problems. Do the wins outweigh the losses?

Feature

June 2010

Photo Essay: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years ago, a monster storm flattened a small town in Tornado Alley. Instead of reconstructing what was lost, townsfolk seized the opportunity to build the greenest community in North America.

Feature

June 2010

Feature: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years after being destroyed by a monster tornado, a small town in rural Kansas is setting a global standard for sustainable living.

Feature

May 2010

A motherlode of debate

By Mike Milne

Should the church sell its stock in controversial mining firms, or press for change from within?

Feature

March 2010

Overpopulation

By Lisa Van de Ven

More tiny footsteps equal a bigger collective footprint. How many people can our planet sustain?

Debate

February 2010

Friend or spouse?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

Your marriage has been under stress, and your husband has planned a second honeymoon for Valentine's. Just before your departure, your best friend calls. It is the first anniversary of her spouse's death, and she says she really needs company. What do you do?

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January 2010

Kicking the oil habit

By Lisa Van de Ven

Sooner or later, plentiful oil will be a thing of the past. Transition Towns are starting now to prepare for the future.

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January 2010

'Fighting to be our daughter’s parents'

By Trisha Elliott

Born with severe cerebral palsy, Daria Gallinger needs 24-hour care. Now her parents face a cruel choice: keep her at home and accept financial ruin, or give her up so she qualifies for the help she needs.

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Twelve

By David MacDonald

They have looked into the abyss

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eleven

By David MacDonald

Nowhere else to go

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Ten

By David MacDonald

A question of power

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Nine

By David MacDonald

'What on earth has the Gospel got to do with climate change?'

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eight

By David MacDonald

A unique Canadian contribution

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December 2009

Copenhagen Days Six and Seven

By David MacDonald

Thinking the unthinkable

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Days Four and Five

By David MacDonald

'This is about more than climate change'

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Three

By David MacDonald

Two solitudes

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Two:

By David MacDonald

From Rio to Copenhagen: not a good trip for Canada

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day One

By David MacDonald

Now that it has started, where is it going to go?

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December 2009

United Nations Climate Change Conference

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December 2009

Green your Christmas

By Jennifer McPhee

Tips for a more eco-friendly holiday

Feature

December 2009

Kyoto’s ghost

By David G. Hallman

Twelve years ago, it appeared the tide had turned on climate change. It hasn’t. Can Copenhagen accomplish what Kyoto couldn’t?

Faith

The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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Faith

July 2018

250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

by Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.

Culture

July 2018

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

by Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.

Interviews

July 2018

Jamil Jivani sheds light on why young men radicalize

by Suzanne Bowness

In his book 'Why Young Men,' Jamil Jivani talks about his own experience as a troubled youth.

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